Near-Earth asteroids among the Iota Aquariids meteoroid stream
Institute of Astrophysics, Dushanbe 734042, Tajikistan e-mail: P.B.Babadzhanov@mail.ru
2 Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS, UK e-mail: I.P.Williams@qmul.ac.uk
Accepted: 10 September 2009
It is shown that the near-Earth asteroids 2002JS2, 2002PD11, and 2003MT9 have very similar orbits to each other and probably a common origin. We investigate the orbital evolution of these asteroids under the perturbing action of the planets and calculated the theoretical shower parameters for any meteor shower that may be associated with these asteroids. Finally we searched the existing catalogues of meteor showers and fireballs, and found that activity has been observed corresponding to each of the theoretically predicted shower. We conclude that this asteroid-meteoroid complex is the result of a cometary break-up.
Key words: meteors, meteoroids / minor planets, asteroids
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